Los Angeles Lakers’ Mike D’Antoni fires back at Pau Gasol

Feb 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The Jazz defeated the Lakers 96-79. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 11, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni reacts during the game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. The Jazz defeated the Lakers 96-79. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

While the Los Angeles Lakers were on their way to consecutive NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010, they employed a large lineup, starting power forward Pau Gasol next to center Andrew Bynum.

Without a center like Bynum and under head coach Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers play small late in games.

Gasol obviously isn’t happy with the style of play and let the media know.

On Wednesday, D’Antoni fired back.

“The thing I just don’t appreciate … You just keep it in-house,” D’Antoni said before the Lakers played the Memphis Grizzlies via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “It’s very easy just to come over and talk about your frustrations. We’ll try to work something out. We’ll figure something out. But to go to (the media) and to do it in the papers, that’s disturbing. I just don’t think that’s the way to go and people should understand that we’re all trying to solve the same problem, so let’s just put our heads together and do the best we can.”

The struggling Lakers are now 19-39 after a 108-103 loss to the Grizzlies Wednesday night.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Pau Gasol

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